The Ondo state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, who is reported to have been impeached, has warned that there is a subsisting court order that the status quo be maintained in respect of that office. In effect, the Deputy Governor insists he has not legally been removed from office.
According to his lawyer, Oluwole Kayode, the court order was granted last Thursday, April 23rd, and he emphasized that it touches and affects the office and the holder.
“Another action in respect of the same office and the impeachment process is pending in court and will come up on the 7th of May 2015,” he said, noting that that the hurried nature of the impeachment process is suspect.
“I think public office holders and people who are put in position to defend the constitution must be law abiding,” Mr. Oluwole said. “In the light of this disobedience to court order and the impunity displayed in the course of the impeachment proceedings, the Deputy Governor is on solid ground.”